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  • Haslam Issues Regional Ban on Burning

    Monday, November 14, 2016 | 5:30pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee. Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15. The counties under the ban are listed below.

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  • Haslam Announces Departure of Richard Roberts

    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 | 10:41am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the departure of Department of Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts who will leave the administration December 2. Roberts has served as commissioner since 2011. Under his leadership, the department adopted several systems and procedures that have improved services to citizens and businesses, including an updated tax registration and reporting system and a motor vehicle and title registration system. The department also reduced a prior backlog of tax-letter rulings, started a program to identify tax underreporting and underpayment of taxes, and promoted and encouraged electronic tax filing to increase efficiency and promote cost savings.

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  • Governor Haslam's 2017-2018 Budget Hearings

    Monday, November 07, 2016 | 1:59pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held budget hearings for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 on November 7, 8, 21 and 22.

    Haslam, Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, Chief Operating Officer Greg Adams and State Budget Director David Thurman presided over the hearings, which were streamed live and are now archived online at tn.gov to give Tennesseans the ability to watch the budget discussions of each state agency.

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  • Haslam Announces Record Number of Tennessee Promise Applicants, Calls for Mentors

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016 | 1:27pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a record number of high school seniors from the class of 2017 applied for the Tennessee Promise and called on Tennessee adults to serve as mentors for the program. November 1 marked the deadline for the state’s groundbreaking program which provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees, and 60,780 high school seniors applied. That’s up from 58,286 applicants in 2014 and 59,621 applicants in 2015.

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  • Tennessee Students the Fastest Improving in the Nation in Science

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 8:22am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the nation in science, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card. The last time fourth and eighth grade students both took NAEP science was 2009, and the 2015 NAEP results show Tennessee is the only state to grow faster than the nation in both grades with Tennessee students doubling the average national growth.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Middle Tennessee State University

    Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 12:14pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. Middle Tennessee State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Tennessee Technological University

    Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 8:35am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Tennessee Technological University (TTU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The Tennessee Technological University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for the University of Memphis

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 11:53am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created University of Memphis local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The University of Memphis’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Tennessee State University

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 9:15am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Tennessee State University (TSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. Tennessee State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for Austin Peay State University

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 11:38am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created Austin Peay State University (APSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. Austin Peay State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Announces Local Governing Board for East Tennessee State University

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 8:31am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the eight appointees to the newly created East Tennessee State University (ETSU) local governing board, giving the university increased autonomy to support student success as the state continues its Drive to 55 initiative. The East Tennessee State University’s governing board is one of six to be appointed by the governor, a result of the governor’s FOCUS Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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  • Haslam Names Marie Williams Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

    Thursday, October 06, 2016 | 11:23am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Marie Williams as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services effective October 22. Williams will replace Commissioner Doug Varney who announced his retirement last week. Williams, 51, started with the department in 2000 and has served as deputy commissioner since 2011, directly managing the department’s daily operations and budget. As deputy commissioner, Williams has overseen a transformation in the mental health system in east Tennessee to better serve long-term patients by transitioning them into community-based programs. She also helped create the department’s Prescription for Success multi-faceted strategy to tackle the prescription drug epidemic in Tennessee.

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  • Haslam Announces Retirement of Doug Varney

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 12:10pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Doug Varney will retire next month. Varney has served as commissioner since 2011. Under Varney’s leadership, the department completed a major transformation in the mental health system in east Tennessee, better serving long-term patients by transitioning them into community-based programs. The department has also improved medical and business operations of state hospitals and made significant progress addressing the prescription drug epidemic.

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  • Haslam Makes Appointments to State Boards and Commissions

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 2:31pm

    Nashville – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 176 Tennesseans to 75 boards and commissions. “Serving on a board or commission is an important responsibility, and I thank these Tennesseans for their commitment to serve our state,” Haslam said.

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